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Gas prices fall .06 cents


Georgia, GA, April 25- Average retail gasoline prices in Georgia have fallen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.08/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,883 gas outlets in Georgia. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.14/g, according to gasoline price website

Driver who left fatal wreck scene located



GSP and other emergency personnel on the scene of a fatal wreck that occured earlier Thursday. 


Updated: The driver has been located. She was being questioned and is expected to face charges. She was found through a tip in the general vicinity where the fatal wreck occurred.


  Law enforcement agents with the Ga. State Patrol and Pickens sheriff are looking for a driver who left the scene of a fatal wreck on Dry Pond Road at about 1 p.m. (today) Thursday, April 21.

  Captain Kris Stancil said a woman, identified by several witnesses as Shanda Sperin, drove away from a fatal accident where a person, whose identity has not been released, was killed while driving a go-cart type vehicle on Dry Pond Road.

   Stancil described the vehicle as a go cart with a roll bar.

   The accident is considered a hit and run, according to a post on the Pickens Sheriff’s Facebook.

  “The State Patrol is asking for the public's assistance in locating Shanda Sperin,” according to the Facebook post. “Ms. Sperin is wanted for questioning regarding the accident. She was was seen driving a gray Ford Ranger truck that should have damage to the front end and bumper. If you have information on where she may be located, please contact 911.”



A young woman with lots of drive: Emilee Riley sets sights on NASCAR career


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    Emilee Riley isn’t afraid of setting big goals. This Pickens native wants to race with the big dogs at NASCAR. 

At 20, Pickens native Emilee Riley already has seven years of racing in the rearview - from quarter midgets to trucks and now NASCAR’s Late Model Stock Cars – and she’s got lofty dreams of speeding into the big time as a top NASCAR driver.

State takes away all ACES children


     All seven children housed in the Appalachian Children’s Emergency Shelter (ACES) in Jasper were removed suddenly Thursday by orders of the DFCS state office.
    The reasons for the Department of Family and Children Services’ removal were not entirely clear to members of the local ACES board of directors.

See the full story in this week's print or online editions.

One step at a time: Hales keeps positive attitude during recovery

“Not once has he been down,” said Sgt. Hales’ wife. “He has a peace that something great will come from this.”
Rick-Hales     Pickens County Sheriff Sgt. Rick Hales and his wife Selina take recovery day by day.

It’s been almost two months to the day that Pickens County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Hales was severely injured in an on-duty accident – but his wife Selina said her husband’s fighting spirit, strong faith and overwhelming support from the community are helping the recovery process move along.

See this week's print or online editions for the full story about Sgt. Hales' recovery.